As the temperature drops in Southern California, the little beams of glee come along that is everything holiday season.
And with one of the busiest times of the year for portrait photographers, I'm no exception to all that holiday glee.
In the past, I wrote a similar post: Spring Sessions: How to Prepare for Your Session.
Although preparing for a session overall is pretty much the same at different times of the year, there are some slight differences in the details that I want to make sure you are prepared for. And with holiday mini-sessions, there is exception.
Here are some tips on how to be super awesome at your next holiday mini-session...and if you get to the bottom, I've got a FREE downloadable checklist so you never forget what to take with you to your next family session.
1. Arrive Early
Typically, mini-sessions tend to be a lot shorter in time than a regular session. And often times, portrait photographers that offer mini-sessions usually have more than one in a day. So making sure that you arrive to your location on time or a few minutes early is always a great start to ensure that you get yourselves situated, and it also ensures that your photographer is ready when your mini-session time starts.
2. Check the Weather
During the fall and winter seasons depending where you are can look very different. In Southern California, we don't usually have much seasonal change throughout the year; however, we can be surprised with a random sprinkle of rain, or a heatwave on any given day. So, be sure to check your weather forecast a week in advance and then again, a day before to be sure you're dressed appropriately...which brings me to my next point.
3. Dress Appropriately
Given what the weather is, you want to dress accordingly. But also, take into consideration what your overall style and theme of your mini-session is. The idea here is to think more so about color scheme rather than having everyone in the family match too much that it starts to look more like you stepped into a 80's portrait session (you know what I mean). Think festive colors that are warm like earthly colors: brown, tans, dark reds, olive greens...you get the picture. Also, don't be afraid of bold patterns. Play with your outfits. And if you don't know what to do, ask your photographer what looks best.
4. Be Patient
During a mini-session, things tend to move a bit quicker than a regular session. However, this is a virtue that can be taken with any sort of session.
Especially with young children, patience is going to be the best friend that you know is right. So, just take a deep breath and try to not lose your cool. Remember, young children do not respond well when they don't feel comfortable. And we want everyone to be as comfortable as possible for as long as possible.
5. Have a Plan
Plan to have fun and easy-going throughout the mini-session. These are supposed to be quick, fun and light-hearted. Once you think of a simple theme for your mini, come up with fun things you can do or fun props you could bring along to make it more personal.
I hope these simple tips help you feel more confident as you step into your family mini-session for your holiday portraits.
These photos are always a fun and have always been a favorite among my clients.
If you want more tips and a checklist that will help you remember what to bring along with you to any of your family sessions, grab your FREE copy of my Top 7 Must-haves to Take to Your Next Family Session: